The Lockwood software suite was designed specifically for ease of integration with non-Lockwood applications or disparate information sources. In order to facilitate the sharing of information between Lockwood?s software systems and non-Lockwood applications, the software utilize import and export information filters. These filters, which are comprised of stored procedures, serve to batch information and pass that information in file form between two disparate data sources via transaction-processing applications. For purposes of definition:

Export — implies the extraction of information from one application to be used to input into another application.

Import — implies pulling in and applying information from a file created by a disparate source for input into the receiving application. These filters are simple routines that:

  1. Organize data and reformat data structures, such as records, into acceptable formats with appropriate record delimiters that can be recognized and utilized by either system
  2. Accumulate data structures/records into acceptable file formats that can be recognized by either system
  3. Apply file naming and file-exchange protocol (typically defining a path) conventions that are recognized by the receiving system(s)

The objective being to create batch files that contain records that house specific data, which can be read and processed by the receiving system. The receiving system is setup to monitor for the presence of a recognizable file (based upon the file naming and file-exchange conventions). When an import files presence is detected, the receiving system opens and reads the file, and begins to process the file contents into the system. Applications creating export files (which become import files for another application) do so based upon either an interactive user command or at predefine scheduled intervals. In order to satisfy each unique customer application or requirement, Lockwood custom tailors each of these import and export filters as necessary.

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